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. christmas break is already over for president obama. he's flying back to washington tonight and aides say he's ready for a deal. it's not clear whether this trip is a sign of compromises to come or another display of theater showing the president is willing to work even as his opponents skip town. meanwhile, though, americans are growing skeptical. in the last week alone, gallup found a 15-point drop in the number of americans who think congress will negotiate a deal on the fiscal cliff. that's not all, holiday spending also hit its lowest rate since the 2008 recession, which retailers are blaming on the uncertainty in washington. so where do we go from here? well, since the house failed to get a vote on the tax package last week, all eyes are on the senate. a temporary deal that would basically extend all the tax cuts for those making under a quarter million. the deal would also rescue long-term unemployment benefits and instead of addressing those automatic spending cuts we've all heard about that are set for january 1st, this temporary deal would delay them for another six months. few are
's what i thought i want to say. in washington so often as you know, sam, from covering the white house, you have the pseudo-events where people come out and say now is the time where i'm going to sound reasonable. >> yes. >> and that's the goal of the day. even though they don't give up. >> that was what was news about this coverage. >> did he soubd reasonable to you? >> not at all. he trolled the press corps. he didn't even take questions. he wanted cameras on him and say exactly the same thing that the nra says after gun violence. this is the media's fault. this is hollywood's fault. >> let me bring back michael. let's put aside your substantive disagreement with the nra. >> sure. >> were you surprised that he sounded cold rather than compassionate about this terrible mass murder? >> sure. you are asking me to be strategic for him, and i will. look, you step up to the podium, and you say this is an american tragedy. what happened, no party to this can in any fashion acknowledge that it was good. it was bad. now, i understand that you have a problem with my industry, and i get that. i
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